Nov 17 2016

Telecommuting An Environmental Savior

Posted by Mike Brunt at 10:08 AM DataBase | CloudComputing | JavaEE | Caching | Greening The Web | Java-JVM | ColdFusion

Back in May 2008 I posted a blog piece on telecommuting in technology jobs.  At that time I was living in Los Angeles, CA one of the most traffic congested cities on our planet, however it is far from the only one with lots of traffic.  If everyone who could work from home were allowed to, the overall beneficial effects on our way of life and environment would be quite dramatic, in my opinion.

  • Obviously vehicle fuel consumption would be reduced dramatically thereby cutting pollution.
  • Less commercial office space would be required reducing the need to consume materials in building.
  • Family quality of life would improve as in my experience, children grow up much more gracefully when they can spend time with family rather than non-related persons/organizations.
  • The overall cost of doing business would be cut.

This is a Gallup poll from 2015 "Thirty-seven percent of U.S. workers say they have telecommuted, up slightly from 30% last decade but four times greater than the 9% found in 1995."  So things are moving in the right direction since I published that 2008 blog post.

In my opinion expanding telecommuting is one of the best ways to reduce our footprint on this Earth, quickly and effectively.